From a pulpit, they talked about loving others from and then you may fall short: An ideal followed by a fall. Naturally, we could do that, being human. By taking that on board, was someone heading for a fall, by suggestion? Dunno. But what was the remedy? Some people said to me, “You go stagnant there. You don’t grow there.” But there was a thread of good among the dross…learning about grace, for me. But one stills must grow in grace, not leave it sitting still.

Losing religion?

Too much of a good thing? When there is so much grace that one does whatever they feel like. Freedom. I went to go to a ‘contemporary’ church, much on a whim rather than thought-through, which was not into religion or religious people. Someone there, seemingly not concerned, yelled at me when I did not do as she expected in her group. Human nature, I guess. But is it also a belief? God graces me, so I am entitled to treat someone ungraciously, even when it is a mistake? I guess you could feel justified in losing your temper if you have lost religion and got grace. At wit’s end, eh? But should not grace wind you up to better responses? Being gracious, for example.

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Pastor says: on what the church has to offer

What does the Church have to offer?

Interviewer: Speaking of the Church, in the area of religion, what is there to turn to, when all else fails?

Rodney Macaan (Former Baptist pastor): I think one of the things that the church can really offer now, when it is working well, is two things.

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Christians and culture

Do Christians go in and try and make converts first or listen and learn the languages and customs of cultures so they can relate the Christian message better to the culture? Or do Christians become assimilated by the culture they are trying to connect with? Mission and outreach is important to Christians. Some Christians may go right in with forthright proclamation of the Christian message and others will learn from the culture in order to better communicate the Christian message to the culture. Some Christians try to use the culture in order to reach the culture with the Christian message. The mission or Great Commission to go and make disciples, and learning the languages and customs of a culture, are both important considerations for Christians in their outreach, as are relationships with people who are not Christians. The Christian faith has always been one where mission and outreach is imperative. That’s because this faith teaches that without Jesus Christ, humanity has lost its connection to the Creator and is forever lost, but in recent times, the message has become increasingly layered, as churches try to reach an indifferent culture in more relevant ways and some have adapted their theology. Is the Christian faith and message still relevant to the cultures it is trying to reach? Many Christians believe Christianity teaches truths about reality and God, so the Christian faith still has a lot to offer.